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LEAFLET No. 66.] 





These are Extracts from what the Parnellites 
said in former days. They have never 
withdrawn, or retracted, these statements. 
Did they mean what they said, or did they 
not? If they did not mean it, let them say 
so. But if they did not mean what they 
said then, how can we be asked to believe 
what they say now ? 


[At Nurney, Co. Kildare.] 

" Mr. Parnell exhibited no intolerance of men who might be 
anxious ultimately to liberate Ireland by the sword. . . , At a 
number of meetings which had lately been held throughout the 
country, cheers had been given for the Mahdi (another cheer for the 
Mahdi) ; and he believed that nothing which had occurred for 
years so much brought home to the English people 
the bitter fact, and the great truth, that 
Ireland regarded England as her enemy, 
and rejoiced at her misfortunes."— United Ireland, 

February 21st, 1885. 



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[At Dundalk.] 
" The old saying was as true now as in the days when Wolf 

Tone died, that s England's difficulty, under the 
providence of God, was Ireland's oppor- 
tunity.'" — United Ireland, April iStk, 1885. 

[At Newcastle-on-Tyne.] 

" Why have the Irish people voluntarily and heartily cheered the 

Mahdi? Chiefly because the Mahdi is the 
enemy of England, and his men are killing 

Englishmen. This is a hard and bitter, but most true, 

fact (hear, hear). The Irish cheer the Mahdi be- 
cause he is the enemy of the English I "— 

United Ireland, May 23rd, 1885. 

Mr. T. M. HEALY, M.P. 
[At Boston, U.S.A.] 

" We believe that landlordism is the prop of English rule, and 
we are working to take that prop away. To drive Out 

British rule from Ireland we must strike at the 

foundation, and that foundation is landlordism." — Irishman, 
December 2\th, 188 1. 

[At Mullingar,] 

June 1st, 1884. 

"They could not, of course, unfortunately, send 
the British Government out of this country 

by a coup de main. But while the mere effervescing characteristics 
of that time might have passed away, there still remained behind 
a solid determination to work at that movement in which they and 
their friends had struggled." (.\pplause). 

[At Kilkenny.] 
" Let the people cast aside all personal dissensions, and let 

them have one enemy only, and that enemy 

the British Government." (Cheers).— United Ireland, 
November 7th, 1885. 



[At Letterkenny, Co. Donegal.] 

" If England's difficulty is Ireland's opportunity, as it is (cheers), 

England's difficulties are at this moment 
crowding pretty thick upon her. (Cheers) 

(A voice, 'The Mahdi is the boy for her.') Her trade is bad 
at home, and, as a voice behind me reminds me, her 

armies are not doing a bit too satisfactorily 

out in the country of that black gentleman, the Mahdi. (A voice, 
1 Three cheers for tjie Mahdi.')" — United Ireland, February 21st, 

[At Letterkenny.] 

" The time has come when the Irish people may occupy the same 

position between England and her foes as the Irish 

party occupy every night between the rival English parties in the 
House of Commons." — United Ireland, March jth, 1885. 

Under the head of " Speed the Mahdi," Mr. O'Brien published a 
leading article in United Ireland, to the following effect : — 

11 We trust that our next news may be that 
Gordon, who is advancing loaded with specie 
towards Khartoum, has met the same fate 
as Baker, and nothing would give us greater 
satisfaction than to chronicle the complete 
triumph of the Mahdi in the Soudan and his 
victorious arrival before the walls of Cairo. 

The English probably will now have to send out fresh troops, who 
will have their work cut out for them, to hold their own in Egypt 

proper. That the hand of Providence should fall 
heavily on the British for their unrighteous 
war and occupation, must make every 
honest heart in Europe rejoice." — [Leading 

Article, February gfn, 1884.] 



The following references from the Nation newspaper, owned and 
edited by Mr. Sullivan, M.P., deal with the difficult reverses which 
attended the British troops in Afghanistan and Zululand: — 

" The Robber Army will continue in Zululand, and Irishmen 

have the gratification of knowing that the 
Parliament of the English is becoming as useless to 

themselves as it is to us, and that our arm is long 

enough to work hurt and harm on the enemy 
in at least some parts of the world."— Nation, 

June 7th, 1879. 

" The operations of the invaders, the English forces, are those of 

ruthless plunderers and cut-throats."— Nation, 

3rd January, 1880. 


"The world would continue to believe that he (General 

Roberts) has been in command simply of a COrpS Of hang- 
men." — Nation, 21st February, 1880. 

"Brag, bluster, and bloodshed were always dear 
to the English mind." — Nation, 13th March, 1880. 

"And now the news reaches us, gladdening 
every honest heart, that one of the most 
signal defeats ever inflicted on British arms 

in any part of the world has just been inflicted on them by Ayoub 
Khan." — Nation, 7th August, 1880. 

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